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Police: Two hospitalized after person set on fire during Lancaster assault

Lancaster police say a person was set on fire near this vehicle during an assault on North Gregory Street late Thursday night. The second person involved in the alleged assault was also burned.
Lancaster police say a person was set on fire near this vehicle during an assault on North Gregory Street late Thursday night. The second person involved in the alleged assault was also burned. Herald news partner

Two people are being treated at a burn center after one of them allegedly set the other on fire, according to Lancaster police.

Officers responded to “a burning incident” around 11:30 p.m. Thursday regarding a call about “an individual being set on fire,” said Capt. Scott Grant, spokesman for the Lancaster Police Department. They arrived at the home in the 100 block of North Gregory Street and discovered a vehicle on fire.

Witnesses told officers the burned man was taken by vehicle to Springs Memorial Hospital, Grant said. The Lancaster Fire Department responded and extinguished the vehicle fire.

Police say they located another person nearby “who was also suffering from significant burns.” That person was taken by ambulance to Springs Memorial, Grant said. Both individuals were later flown to a regional burn center to be treated for “serious” burns.

Grant said investigators are still trying to determine what led up to the assault, and that police are not yet releasing the identities of the individuals involved.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Lancaster Police Department at 803-283-1173 or the anonymous tip line at 803-289-6040.

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala

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